The former Netherlands international feels that there is an immense pool of talent that can add to the strength of the national team...India coach Wim Koevermans admits that he has been keeping a watch on domestic competitions in the country to scout for prospective national team players.
The Dutch coach was spotted at this year's Federation Cup tournament, including the final at Siliguri, besides a couple of I-League fixtures in Goa and Kolkata.
"It was interesting to watch the boys play for their respective clubs. We’ve scouted and created a list of lot of players in various positions," said the 52-year-old.
"We will follow and monitor their progress and position on a regular basis. We are in no mood to hurry as the national team is an altogether different level.
"But the doors stay open for everyone. All those who are capable enough of donning the national team jersey will get a chance for sure. But for that, one needs to play well and more importantly, be good enough," he added.
India has previously hosted the 2008 AFC Challenge Cup which they went on to win and qualify for the 2011 Asian Cup, where the team failed to make it past the group stage under former coach Bob Houghton.
"Whenever you have crowd support, it helps. In the Nehru Cup final, the fans turned up and it acted as our 12th man," Koevermans remarked.
India has to qualify for the 2014 Challenge Cup though which takes place next year around March and thereafter hope to win the competition to book a berth in the next edition of the Asian Cup to be held in Australia in the year 2015.
"But we need to take everything step by step. History of Football suggests, whenever teams play at home, they attain at least a certain advantage," he said.
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